Sword and Sorcery (5e)
Understanding The Flow? One begins with visualization. Imagine a great ocean which permeates the multi-verse. The currents of this ever changing body flow from the cornucopia of Celestial and Terrestrial Bodies. Each of these bodies also exert a pull on this ocean energy. This creates a cascade of tides in which different magical influences fluctuate at any given time. Labeled by many as fate or luck, these tidal forces meet in an ever changing landscape known as The Tempest. To truly understand your place in the world and to harness magic one must be cognitive of this push and pull.
There are many approaches practiced through out the worlds to harness the tempest. They all involve three aspects to a variety of degrees. Visualization, Belief, and Will. With out all three of these ingredients a potential spell form will roll through the casters fingers without even the lightest of ethereal touches.
The first thing most trained spellbinders learn is how to perceive the flows, currents, and eddies of The Tempest. This is accomplished using the Second Sight. Through relaxation and controlled will the students learn to detect the Flow inherent in all worlds. They begin to understand how each act of Will imposes change on this new world around them. It must be stated that this is where another of the basic principles begins to influence the interactions with The Flow, Belief. Each method and tradition of magic has its own Mythos concerning their interactions with The Flow. As with all concepts, these Mythos often contradict each other
The Anathema- Unknown to the world since the collapse of The First Empire and forbidden under God’s Will these Wizards spent years of study memorizing planar charts and learning the exact way in which to vary spell formulas to create consistent effects with in the ever changing landscape of energy known as The Flow.
The Agents- Extensions of gods’ Will, these Clerics and Druids, have spent years learning celestial hierarchies to better interpret which divine agent will most likely hear and respond to their supplications, aiding in their
The Damned- Born tainted, sorcerers have an innate understanding of The Tempest. This allows them to interact with The Flow with great versatility.
The Beguiled- Warlocks are taught extremely specific spell forms by their patrons. These often archaic spells find ways to bypass the current fluctuations but are extremely exhausting/costly to perform.
As with all other things in the multiverse sound and light interact with magic. Crystals are often used as focuses for spell casting but the vibrations produced by musical instruments are easily shaped and give the caster fine control. Bards have an ear for magic in much the same way as sorcerers have it in their blood.
Different materials have different properties. Any mountain gnome can tell you this. Spellcasters understand the metaphysical properties of items. They use them to harness or collect the proper energies to enact their spells.
Each movement a spellcaster makes is a physical extension of their desire. These movements are used to parse, slice and regather the invisible but tangible magic around them.
The vibrations created by intoning sounds acts in the same way as all the above components. Sounds are strung into syllables are strung into words. This is why the language of magic is so varied and why the words have no literal translation. Also, this is why the language of the dragons is so apt for spell casting, it has a more nuanced tonal range.
As a spell caster progresses in the art their perceptions and learning expand. This allows them to better perceive the currents around them and interpret how best to harness them.